Johnson’s Motor Car


It was down by Egan’s corner
One morning I did stray
I met a fellow rebel there
And this to him did say
“We have orders from the Captain
To assemble at Drumbar
But how are we to get there
Without a motorcar”

Well Barney dear be of good cheer
And I’ll tell you what we’ll do
The specials they are plentyful
And the IRA are few
We’ll wire into Stranorlar
And before we’ll get that far
We’ll give the boys a bloody good ride
In Johnson’s motorcar

When Doctor Johson got the news
He soon put on his shoes
He said “This is an urgent case
And there is no time to lose”
He then put on his castor hat
And upon his breast a star
You could hear the din going through Glenfin
Of Johnson’s motorcar

Well when he got to the Reelin bridge
The rebbels he saw there
He knew the game was up with him
For at him they did stare
He said “I have a permit
To travel near and far”
You can stick your English permit
We want your motorcar

What will my loyal brethren say
When ere they hear the news
My car it has been commandeered
By the rebels at Dunluce
We’ll give you a receipt for it
All signed by Captain Meagher
And when Ireland gets her freedom
You’ll get your motorcar

They set the car in motion
And filled it to the brim
With rifles and with bayonets
This mad old Johnson grim
And Barney hoisted the Sinn Fein flag
And it fluttered like a star
And they gave three cheers for the IRA
And Johnson’s motorcar

During the war of Independence, the I.R.A. had very little compunction about commandeering someone’s car for their own uses. Especially if it happened to belong to an old Protestant doctor who was rather unpopular.